CINCINNATI — Colerain senior safety/wide receiver Deshawn Pace heard the naysayers this summer but never doubted the Cardinals.
One of the main preseason discussions around Greater Cincinnati was whether Colerain could maintain its continuity after losing several impact starters from the 2018 Division I state runner-up team, in addition to the loss of its longtime head coach to another conference school last December.
After four games this season, one aspect is clear: The Cardinals aren’t going away anytime soon as they attempt to win a GMC-record 20th consecutive title.
Colerain defeated host Princeton 23-14 Friday. It was the Cardinals’ 77th consecutive GMC win, according to Colerain athletic director Craig Ulland and WeAreColerain.com.
Colerain's most recent GMC loss was at Middletown (42-39) Oct. 3, 2008.
Colerain had 311 yards of total offense including 230 yards rushing Friday night.
“I think the mentality is they’ve been on board,” Colerain coach Shawn Cutright told WCPO early Saturday morning. “They’ve been practicing hard and getting better every week. The biggest thing is I feel our seniors are turning into a lot better leaders. They are walking the walk instead of just trying to talk the talk. So it’s going better.”
Sophomore MJ Flowers persevered after a fumble on the first series and had 23 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals (3-1, 2-0 GMC).
“He had a good night,” Cutright said. “He responded well for a young kid.”
The Cardinals scored on a 55-yard pass play in the first quarter, and Flowers scored twice in the second quarter.
“We sort of carried that momentum into halftime,” Cutright said.
Pace, a University of Cincinnati commit, had a game-high six tackles. Junior defensive lineman Dontay Coreleone, senior linebacker Jaylen Thomas and senior defensive lineman L.T. Johnson, all had sacks.
Colerain plays at Middletown (1-3, 0-2 GMC) Sept. 27. Princeton (2-2, 0-2 GMC) plays at Lakota East (3-1, 2-0 GMC).
Big-time performance: Anderson junior quarterback Jackson Kuhn threw for 417 yards and six touchdowns as the Redskins defeated host Kings 59-41 in a key Eastern Cincinnati Conference game.
Kuhn also rushed for a touchdown for Anderson (2-2, 1-0 ECC). He earned MVP game honors in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown matchup.
“Jackson played with a chip on his shoulder tonight,” Anderson coach Evan Dreyer said. “He stepped up for our team. We needed his best. He came through and we can’t wait to see how he will keep improving this season.”
With this win, Anderson bounced back from a 6-0 overtime loss to Harrison Sept. 13.
“Our team played extremely well together,” Dreyer said. “I love how we came back from an overtime loss.”
Anderson plays host to Withrow (2-2, 1-0) Sept. 27. Withrow defeated Loveland 39-0 Friday night.
Backfield power: Walnut Hills had 321 yards rushing in a 35-7 over visiting Milford.
“It all starts upfront,” Walnut Hills coach Gerry Beauchamp said. “We’ve got some guys upfront that dominate.”
Senior running back Garry Williams had 20 carries for 172 yards and a touchdown, and senior running back Tyrese Dorn had 21 carries for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Dorn also had a receiving touchdown.
“Tyrese and Garry – they’re special players,” Beauchamp said. “We have some good stuff going on right now.”
Walnut Hills had five interceptions on defense including two picks from junior cornerback Sereno Winn.
“Our defense is playing lights out,” Beauchamp said.
Walnut Hills (3-1, 1-0 ECC) plays at West Clermont (0-4, 0-1) Sept. 27.
Speaking of offense: Harrison earned 466 yards of total offense in a 48-10 win over previously undefeated Ross.
Harrison senior quarterback Connor Kinnett was 24 of 30 passing for 349 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 13 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
“Connor had a really nice game,” Harrison coach Derek Rehage said.
Harrison's offense was just half of the equation though. Their defense held Ross at 1 of 9 on third-down conversions.
“Our defense played amazing,” Rehage said. “That is four weeks in a row they have played great.”
Harrison (3-1, 1-0 Southwest Ohio Conference) plays at Edgewood (2-2, 1-0 SWOC) Sept. 27.
Winning streak continues: Wyoming continued its top mark in the state with its 35th consecutive regular-season win Friday with a 55-6 win at Reading.
Wyoming had 524 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Evan Prater – a UC commit – was 10 of 12 passing for 252 yards and four touchdowns.
Senior running back Elijah McGee had 114 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Junior running back Beau Thomas had two carries for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior wide receiver Brennan Pagan had two receiving touchdowns.
Wyoming (4-0, 1-0 Cincinnati Hills League) plays at Mariemont (4-0, 1-0) Sept. 27.
Ground attack: Fairfield had 558 yards of offense including 340 rushing yards in a 34-27 win over visiting Hamilton. Senior running back JuTahn McClain (Kentucky commit) had 25 carries for 206 yards and three touchdowns. It was the third time in McClain's Fairfield career that he rushed for 200-plus yards. He had 210 yards against Princeton and 275 yards against Colerain in 2018.
Remember when: Talawanda is 4-0 for the first time since the 1991 season when the team finished 10-0 in the regular season and 11-1 overall. Talawanda defeated New Richmond 29-6 Friday night.
Senior running back Terrell Wills had 16 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown. Senior tight end/linebacker Dalton Norris had a receiving touchdown along with two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Extra points: The season’s first weekly computer points standings are schedule to be released Tuesday. The regular season ends Nov. 2 and the final computer points and playoff qualifiers are announced Nov. 3.
Steve Shuck’s first postseason projections this season will occur the week of Oct. 7. Shuck, the Greater Miami Conference commissioner, projects playoff qualifier in all seven division for WCPO. He has formally made the projections since 1996.